Young footballers are set for success

STRIPPED FOR ACTION ... St Josephs sixth form  team.

STRIPPED FOR ACTION ... St Josephs sixth form team.

TALENTED young footballers at a Hebburn school are stripped for success after beating all comers.

The sixth form football team at St Joseph’s RC Academy, in Mill Lane, is unbeaten in all its county games.

And the team is now well placed to get its hands on some silverware this season.

Top of the Durham County League, the team is also in the latter stages of the League Cup and the Senior County Cup.

A school spokesman said: “In recognition of their success, they have been supplied with a brand new kit from their partners, Hebburn company Zenith People, to ensure that their appearance matches their talents!”

Despite some of the players being in the first year of their sixth form careers, five of the team have already represented Durham at county level.

Three of the players were also nominated for trials with the England SFA under-18 squad, and went on to represent the North East select team in a trial game in Blackburn.

One of the players, Adam Curry, 16, is also through to the final selection weekend at Lilleshall, Shropshire, where he will compete against 32 elite players for a place in the prestigious national squad.

Such sporting opportunities are available to all players at St Joseph’s RC Academy, as the staff who run the team are UEFA qualified coaches and work within the English Schools’ coaching programme.

David Stansfield, the team’s top scorer with 10 goals, said: “We have made a good start to the season and want to continue this when we start again.

“Although I have been among the goals, it is very much a team effort that has got us to where we are. We create a lot of chances.”

The Hebburn side will play its next County Cup game against Bishop Auckland at the end of the month.

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